I was recently asked a completely valid question (which is a rare and precious gift on a Friday afternoon)....
"What would you do with the money if we were to use Open Office for all employee computers instead of paying for MS Office?"
Now I have many ideas of how I can spend funds, but the larger question is why we continue to pay for, and use MS Office on all employee desks. FYI: We are 100% windows environment.
My perspective is that the level of support, tutorials, compatibility, and all the things that usually go along with a proprietary product (regardless of Microsoft or not), is more comforting than putting the institution at the mercy of the open source community for such an integral part of our business.
I for one have no problem at all with Open Source solutions. I use them all the time for my own purposes. A possibility, is that I think that we could still use Outlook (to interface directly with our Exchange server), but migrate to Open Office for spreadsheets, word processing, databases. That would save a substantial amount of funds right there.
But I'll open this up to the group. Has anyone else looked into the option of moving their campuses to a completely open source, and particularly in this case 'Open Office' environment instead of MS Office?
What were your conclusions/decisions?
I appreciate anyone's insight and suggestions.
Nick Young '02
Director of Information Technology and College Webmaster
PO Box 128
Banner Elk, NC 28604
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